Friday, May 22, 2020

Phase 2 - What Does that Mean?

With the County of Sonoma easing into Phase Two of our Shelter in Place, you may be wondering if this changes anything at Vintage House. Specifically, when do we re-open? We still don't know, but we are excited and optimistic because we're headed in the right direction.
We are in daily consultations with local, state, and national agencies—including other senior centers—gathering excellent advice and critical data.
When we are completely confident we can ensure your health, only then will we re-open.
So, for now, please hang in here with us as we remain virtual for a while longer, and let's hope we see each other in person soon!

Vintage House Food Assistance

Supper's On! is Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Soup's On! is Fridays.

Please have your mask on when you arrive.
Your mask protects us, and our masks protect you. Thank you!

We can deliver Senior meals, please call (707) 996-0311 for information.

Tuesday through Friday • 11:00 
Thanks to a generous donation from Rebuild Northbay Foundation, Vintage House has been able to secure virtual classrooms that will allow us to continue to deliver programming during this extraordinary time.

Coffee With the Mayor

Logan Harvey

During these uncertain times, do you have questions? The City of Sonoma Mayor will be available on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays to listen to anyone who wants to chat, ask questions, express a concern, or make a comment about the city or the community.

Wednesday, May 27  • 11:30 to 12:00

Register Here: Coffee with the Mayor

Estate Planning for Life and After

Mary Piasta

This complimentary virtual seminar features Mary Piasta, an attorney with the local firm of Haeuser, Valluzzo & Piasta LLP. Mary is the first woman partner at the firm, which has been serving clients since the 1800s. She draws on a longstanding tradition of lawyering to provide practical solutions to the complexities of estate planning and wealth transfer.
Mary will walk you through the components of an estate plan and tools for asset protection to preserve family wealth for future generations. She will discuss how to empower those you trust to make decisions when it matters most and conclude her talk with thoughts on family business succession, intergenerational wealth, and securing your legacy.

Friday, May 29  • 10:00 to 11:00
Register Here: Estate Planning for Life and After

Creative Writing

Virtual Six Week Class

You're at home, may as well write!
Whether you are an emerging or a seasoned writer, join Ana Manwaring at Vintage House in this virtual round-robin style 6-week literary class.
Participants will present their written work, in all creative genre, for feedback on craft, mechanics, and grammar. The focus is on excellence as students prepare manuscripts for a reading audience.
Many participants of Ana Manwaring's Napa groups are now publishing and placing in contests. Everyone agrees that this is a fun class for all levels of writers serious about their work. Bring ten copies of up to three pages double-spaced of your prose, or one poem, to this stimulating and lively course. 

6 Weeks
Monday, June 1 through Monday, July 6 • 2:00 to 4:00

Member $60.00 / Non-member $120.00
Register Here: Creative Writing

The Art of Succulent Arranging

with Master Gardner Bonnie Walner

Join Vintage House and Bonnie Walner
for a 2-day VIRTUAL succulent arranging class.

Master Gardner Bonnie Walner, who calls herself the “SUCCULENT QUEEN” is offering a 2-day fundraiser workshop. Come learn some design techniques, the difference between a succulent and a cactus, how to propagate succulents, and care for succulents. 

 Registration includes an instruction booklet that will contain:
a handout called, “Smitten with Succulents”, a handout called, “Your Succulent Toolbox”, and several other pages of information.
Wine Country Garden Center will be selling a SUPPLY KIT for this class which will contain:
Four, 2-inch succulent plants, of your choice and Cactus soil.
Supply Kit Cost is an additional $28.00
Instruction Booklet and Supply Kit can be picked up at Wine Country Garden Center
21095 Broadway St., Sonoma, CA
(707) 938-2727

You will need an 8-inch vessel to make your container. 

Tuesday, June 2 • 10:00 to 11:30
Friday, June 5 
• 10:00 to 11:30

Member $50.00 / Non-member $100.00 

Register Here: The Art of Succulent Arranging

Coffee with the Executive Director

Have questions or comments you want to share with
Vintage House's Executive Director?
Please join the VIRTUAL Coffee with Priscilla Essert the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the Month. 

Wednesday, June 3  • 11:30 to 12:00
Register Here: Coffee with VH Executive Director

Virtual Sound Journey

Take this time for yourself to receive a deeply relaxed and profoundly peaceful state of mind & body.

While in the comfort and privacy of your own home, you can “Journey” while bathing in the sacred sounds of ancient ancestral instruments to improve your health and well-being on every level. Sound-vibration can assist to facilitate your own deep, healing-state of consciousness in an easy and natural way. Similar to how sounds from a trickling stream or gentle rain can entrain brainwaves into meditative states, the varied rhythms and frequencies of these ancient instruments can help disengage tension and dissolve old patterns of anxiety and stress. You can then release a cascade of your own natural restorative and rejuvenating energies.

What you'll get:
Access to our 1 hour Virtual Sound Journey
Best way to receive:

  • Make sure that you have a stable internet connection.
  • It's best to use headphones, earbuds, or Bluetooth speakers paired with your computer.
  • Silence your phone and remove possible distractions.
  • Find a comfortable place to lie down, and make sure your body is supported.
  • Low light is optimum. (an eye-mask or scarf can be useful options)
  • Pad & pen for notes after the journey (to help retain subtle insights & images of your experience

Traditionally, the work of René & Janay has an intimate and more “hands-on” process for individuals and private group sessions. However, this virtual offering respects “Covid19-friendly” protocols and is the next best thing until deemed safe to resume our regular work. We trust this will be sooner than later. 

Wednesdays • 1:00 to 2:00
Per class - Members $15.00 / Non-member $30.00

Register Here: Virtual Sound Journey

Yoga with Weights

Starting Thursday, June 4

Join Elaine Burka for VIRTUAL Yoga with Weights!

This is a breath-based practice that builds strength and stability and improves balance.
The focus on the breath makes it centering and meditative. 

You will need:

  • Yoga Mat or towel
  • Set of 1, 2- or 3-pound dumbbells
  • Stability Ball

 Thursdays • 2:00 to 2:45
Each Class - Member $10.00 / Non-member $20.00

Register Here: Yoga with Weights

Bobbie Jonas

Week Ten with Bobbie. Good Bye, for now, Thank you!

Virtual French Conversation

Ready to speak French? Don't let the shelter-in-place delay your learning.
Join the conversation with Gerard.

Gerard Bassat, a native of France, facilitates a group of fluent or mid-level speakers.

Mondays • 10:30 to 11:30
Member $10.00 Member / Non-member $20.00
Register Here: French Conversation

Virtual Italian Conversation

Are you mid-level or fluent in Italian? Practice your Italian conversation skills with Franco Zacchia. In this class, you will learn about different aspects of Italian culture and connect with other Italian language speakers. 

Wednesdays • 10:00 to 11:00

Starting Wednesday, June 3

Member $10.00 Member / Non-member $20.00
Register Here: Italian Conversation

Virtual Meditation with Katie

During this time of uncertainty, it’s comforting to feel the emerging sense of community and interconnectedness. As we help each other through these challenging times, we must also take care of our own physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Every Thursday evening, connect with Katie and each other as you ZOOM in for a guided meditation, followed by questions and group discussion. Take a deep breath and let out a sigh as you ease into relaxation and stillness. Receive tips and guidance for integrating self-care and mindfulness into your daily life, and enjoy being a part of our virtual community!
Thursdays • 3:00 to 4:00

Starting Thursday, June 4

Member $10.00 Member / Non-member $20.00
Register Here: Meditation with Katie

Virtual Bird Watching

Would you like to learn more about birds without leaving your home?

Jim Rosso is teaching a virtual Bird Watching session for us on Friday, May 29.
The class will consider a number of topics but focus on bird identification.
Join to observe wildlife through pictures and discuss what kinds of birds are in our area.

Fridays • 9:00 to 10:30
May 29 - FREE

Starting Friday, June 5 
Member $10.00 Member / Non-member $20.00
Questions? Register Here: Bird Watching

Vintage House Book Club

Enjoy a Good Book While You Shelter in Place!

Our first Virtual Book Group was so much fun we’ve decided to do it again!
Vintage House’s second Virtual Book Group will be reading The Dutch House by Ann Patchett and discussing via Zoom (computer or telephone accessible).  This book can be ordered through Readers Books, and the audiobook is narrated by Tom Hanks.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, comes Ann Patchett’s most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are.
Friday June 26 • 1:00 to 2:00
Register Here: Vintage House Book Club

Pet's Lifeline

Pet's Lifeline is offering FREE pet food every Friday during our Soup's On! event and during the Redwood Food Bank food give away event. 

Fridays • 11:00 to 1:00

Vintage House Care Calls

Feeling lonely or anxious during the Coronavirus outbreak?

Vintage House invites you to sign up to receive a daily call from a friendly, trained volunteer at a time of day that works best for you.  What would you love to talk about?  What you are interested in?  A community volunteer will be a cheery voice that you can check in with, who will also have some topics to discuss and may be able to connect you to additional services and resources.

Please contact Vintage House to sign up or to volunteer: 707.996.0311 or email

Vintage House Delivers

In response to the CoronaVirus outbreak and state-mandated orders to shelter-in-place, Vintage House has launched a new initiative to address the growing need amongst Sonoma Valley Seniors who are unable to leave their homes. 

Vintage House Delivers is here to help those who are in need of a volunteer to do their grocery shopping, pick up a prescription or other non-food essentials (such as pet food). 

To request a delivery or sign up as a volunteer shopper, please click here or call us at 707.996.0311. 
Click Here to Request Delivery
Click Here to Volunteer Shop
Click Here: Safe Grocery Handling Instructions

Support Vintage House 

Your Amazon purchases can result in money for our programs and services.  Log in to every time you shop amazon and designate Vintage House as your charity of choice.  Thank you for your support!

Legal Aid of Sonoma County 

Elder Outreach

Are you 60 years of age or better and need assistance? LegalAid of Sonoma County is here to help. LegalAid continues to provide legal services remotely for seniors during the pandemic. 

Services include:
  • Housing advice for tenants
  • Public benefits issues (MediCal, Medicare, Social Security, General Assistance, In-Home Support Services, Food Stamps)
  • Elder Abuse restraining orders for victims of abuse by caregivers, family members, and others: including financial, psychological, abuse/harassment, physical and sexual abuse
  • Simple estate planning tools and advanced care directives (no Trusts)
  • Housing advice for landlords with emergency issues
  • Consumer debt issues
Call 707-340-5610 or email
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Vintage House Cares. We're Here to Help

During this time of crisis please consider a tax-deductible donation to support all that Vintage House is doing to address the needs of seniors in our community.
We need each other now more than ever before.
Thank You. 

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